Holiday Gift Guide

by Alyssa Grossman and Christina Parrella, 12/05/2012

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    Build-A-Bear Workshop, the maker of cute, cuddly, stuffed animal toys, also knows a thing or two about giving back. Take home an Amur Leopard (starting at $25), and $1 will go toward the World Wildlife Fund's efforts to save endangered animals. Or, gift in the name of children's health charities with Champ (starting at $18). Bringing home this brown- and tan-furred bear means giving $1 to help battle juvenile diabetes and autism and aid in children's cancer research. For young readers in the family, the floppy-eared Paperback Pup (starting at $18) makes sure everyone has a book in their paws, with 50 cents donated to First Book, a charity that helps low-income families get ahold of new stories and another 50 cents going toward Build-A-Bear's own programs to promote literacy and education. Finally, picking up a chocolate Lab, German shepherd, border collie or black Lab from the Bearemy's Kennel Pals collection ($22), sends $1 to the company's Bear Hugs Foundation for animals. 

    You can also commemorate the holiday season at Target with the Holiday Bullseye Plush Dog 2012 ($14.99). The soft white puppy bears the store's signature symbol around his eye and "2012" stitched onto his left front paw. He also comes with a red knit sweater printed (ironically) with cats. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. —AG

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